Happy Easter weekend, and welcome to our coverage of day 1 of the 2018 Cadet/Junior World Championships in Verona, Italy!
Day 1 kicked off with the two individual epee events, and featured three of our five BC athletes. Christina Zozulya was first up in Junior Women’s Epee at a bright and early 8:30 am start. Before the event she was seeded 119th out of 152 competitors from all over the world. In her pool, she finished with 3 victories and 2 losses (both 5-3 defeats), which placed her in the middle of the ranks at 76th seed. Her first bout in the tableau of 128 was against Lola Lucani (FRA), who Christina defeated 15-7 to move onto the round of 64’s. Unfortunately, she then lost her second DE 6-15 to Alessandra Bozza (ITA), who was seeded 12th after pools. Christina will be fencing again tomorrow, April 2nd, in the Cadet Women’s Epee individual category! Good luck Christina!
Scheduled at 10:20 am was the Junior Men’s Epee individual event, where Fynn Fafard and Seraphim Jarov would be fencing for their chance at a world title. Fynn started his event seeded 69th going into his pool, and came out with 5 victories and only 1 loss to Neisser Loyola (BEL), which ended 5-3 for Loyola. After pools, he was nicely situated in 27th position which gained him a BYE into the round of 128. Fynn’s first opponent was Yegor Fateyev (KAZ), who he defeated 15-13. Into the 64’s and Fynn would be facing Alan Temiryaev (USA), though he would end up falling to the team USA member 111-15. He would then conclude the event in 39th place.
Seraphim was seeded 150th before the start of the event, and despite only having 7 athletes in his pool, he came out with 3 victories and only 2 defeats – losing to Jonathan Svensson (SWE) and Shiu Chung Law (HKG). Much like his club mate, Seraphim was also handed a BYE into the round of 128 with his 79th place seed after pools. However, he lost his first DE to Khasan Boudunov (KGZ) 4-6. This round of 128 loss would turned into a 95th place finish for Seraphim. Seraphim will be fencing tomorrow morning as well in the Cadet Men’s Epee individual category for another chance at victory!
Good job today, and good luck tomorrow to our two BC epee fencers!
For full results, please visit the competition website: http://www.fencingworldwide.com/en/competition/1722-17/global/